Course Summary:

This is an Ofqual Regulated Qualification and is based on the recommendations of the Resuscitation Council (UK) and Skills for Health Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications.

Accreditation: Qualsafe Awards (QCF)

Duration: 4 contact hours delivered over a half day

Location: Carronvale House, Larbert

Pre-requisites: Learners must be 16 years or over

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Group Price

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Course Description:

Heart disease is one of the biggest causes of untimely death in the UK with around 30,000 people in the UK suffering an ‘Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest’ every year. If a casualty has gone into Cardiac Arrest, their chances of survival decrease by 10% for every minute in which nothing is done. Many people are afraid to attempt CPR, yet most people suffer a cardiac arrest at home, which means they are often with a friend or family member at the time. Defibrillation (a controlled electric shock to the heart) could save a loved one’s life and the quicker this is applied the greater the chance of survival. Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are becoming more widely available particularly in public areas. This is a regulated and nationally recognised qualification. It covers Basic Life Support and will teach you to recognise an unresponsive casualty and treat Cardiac Arrest using effective CPR and an Automated External Defibrillator.  Successful Learners will receive a Level 2 award in Basic Life Support & Safe use of an AED.

A similar course is also available as group training for the business sector – see CPR & AED Training. 

Our Booking Options?

Which option you should choose when booking your course can be determined by a number of factors.  In general, group courses are most suitable for 6 or more people from the same organisation whereas open courses are designed for individuals.  Group courses require appropriate facilities at your own premises to allow training.

Read our advice on when to choose which option.


Successful Learners will:

  • Understand the importance of the chain of survival
  • Be aware of bystander reluctance and understand the legal point of view on CPR & AED use
  • Know how to assess an incident
  • Manage an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally
  • Manage an unresponsive casualty who is NOT breathing normally
  • Understand how defibrillation works in relation to the heart & circulatory system

  • Know how to safely use an automated external defibrillator
  • Be able to demonstrate safe use of an automated external defibrillator

Delivery & Assessment:

This is practical course delivered over a half day (4 contact hours).  It is assessed informally by the instructor during the course, through a series of practical scenarios to develop skills and confidence.  We have sufficient AED training devices and CPR manikins to enable students to work in very small groups, thus maximising practise time.  Learners are expected to undertake some self directed study by reading course materials.  Due to the practical nature of the course, Learners should wear appropriate clothing and footwear, e.g. trousers and flat footwear. As part of the registration process, Learners are also required to bring 2 forms of photographic ID with them to the first session.

During the course, you will attain the knowledge and practical competencies to deal with a life-threatening emergency and use and automated external defibrillator (AED). Competency in the necessary life-saving skills is assessed through 3 practical assessments:

  • CPR
  • Use of an AED
  • Recovery position

On successful completion of this course, Learners will receive a accredited certificate.  This is valid for 1 year and Leaners must retake the qualification before the certificate expiry date in order to remain qualified.

This qualification is based on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) training standard for delivery of First Aid at Work (FAW) courses for the purposes of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 and complies with current Resuscitation Council (UK) guidelines.


This qualification is intended for people who have a specific interest or responsibility at work or in voluntary or community activities to be able to provide Basic Life Support when dealing with an emergency situation which may involve using an AED. There are no formal entry requirements but to benefit from the learning we recommend that Learners have a basic level of skill in Literacy and Numeracy.  The syllabus is suitable for candidates who may not have any previous First Aid knowledge or experience.


We aim to make sure all Learners have access to assessment and are given equal opportunities to demonstrate their competence.  Please bear in mind that Learners will need to demonstrate certain practical skills without assistance from a third party.  In some circumstances, it may be possible for reasonable adjustments to be made, however this is always subject to approval by the Awarding Organisation.  Further information about this is documented in our Equal Opportunities and Accessibility policies.